We're getting close to the start of early voting in advance of the municipal elections across Texas.

In Lubbock, there are a number of contested city council races: Lubbock Mayor, Lubbock City Council District 1, and Lubbock City Council District 5. Over the course of the next week, KFYO News will be focusing on two of the aforementioned races.

Thursday, April 7th, News/Talk 95.1 & 790, KFYO will broadcast a Lubbock City Council District 5 forum from The Science Spectrum. The forum will start at 7 p.m. immediately after The Chad Hasty Show. It's expected to last approximately 90 minutes.

The District 5 candidates are: Lubbock City Councilman Randy Christian, Keri Thomas, Chase Head, Dr. Jennifer Wilson and Bill Felton.

Then on Tuesday, April 12th, News/Talk 95.1 & 790, KFYO will broadcast a forum featuring the candidates running for Lubbock Mayor. Those candidates are: Tray Payne, "Gus" Khan, Steven Sanders, Adam Hernandez and Epifanio "Epi" Garza. The mayoral forum will also start at 7 p.m. after The Chad Hasty Show. It's expected to last approximately 90 minutes.

Coverage of both forums is presented by Utmost Design and The Science Spectrum.

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Early voting for the municipal elections in Texas will run from April 25th-May 3rd, 2022. Election Day is Saturday, May 7th. In addition, Texas voters will also be voting on two proposed constitutional amendments.

Those proposed amendments are:

Proposition 1 (SJR 2 - 87th Legislature, 2nd Special Session)

“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for the reduction of the amount of a limitation on the total amount of ad valorem taxes that may be imposed for general elementary and secondary public school purposes on the residence homestead of a person who is elderly or disabled to reflect any statutory reduction from the preceding tax year in the maximum compressed rate of the maintenance and operations taxes imposed for those purposes on the homestead.”

Proposition 2 (SJR 2 - 87th Legislature, 3rd Special Session)

“The constitutional amendment increasing the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation for public school purposes from $25,000 to $40,000.”

On Election Day, KFYO will have complete election coverage from 7 - 10 p.m. with Rob Snyder, Chad Hasty, Ken Corbin, Steve Evans and Matt Martin. The group will discuss local, regional and statewide results.

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